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Reviewed by leahh503
Nov 22, 2018
We just returned from a Stay & Sail package with Vacala Bay Resort in September/October, and can honestly say it is the only true way to experience the full range of beauty throughout Fiji. From the luxurious resort and local island excursions, to the beauty underwater in the soft coral capital of the world, capped by a night above deck under more stars than you’ll ever see anywhere else on earth, this is an experience of a lifetime, and one you can only get with Vacala Bay Resort. Taking our experience to another level were our hosts, Paul and Helena. Paul’s knowledge of the island and surrounding waters, and therefore his ability to guide us on any and every adventure, is unmatched. Helena is the perfect compliment, as we have yet to meet, and would bet we won’t ever meet, a soul as kind and hospitable as hers. Nor a chef as miraculous! The food that comes out of her kitchen, either in the resort or on the catamaran, is worth the cost of admission alone. We are already counting down the days until we can come back and relax in Vacala Bay, and explore more of the islands onboard the amazing catamaran! Thank you Paul and Heli!
Wow - Just Wow
Where to begin, In the days after Wintston we found ourselves a little shaken and seeking comfort. My Mum, myself and my two kids (5 and 3) were put in touch with Paul and Heli. Paul picked us up from Bucca Bay for a very pleasant afternoon sail to Tavenui. The Villa looks just like the pictures, and being fully solar we had hot showers, great music, lights and fans, while the rest of the island was without power. We were greeted with open arms by Heli and Pinni, with welcome drinks and fresh warm cupcakes. Everyone at the Villa works very hard to make your stay one of comfort and enjoyment Heli is an incredible chef, the taste and presentation of all the meals blew us away. Using whole, locally sourced ingredients each meal had incredible flavour and left you feeling incredibly satisfied. On day 2, my kids declared Heli's scrambled eggs "the best thing they have ever eaten". It was my daughters 3rd birthday while we were there, and she was treated to an incredible birthday party on the beach completed with a multi teared birthday cake and local kids for an afternoon of eating and playing on the incredible beach just a short walk from the Villa. We couldn't have asked for kinder hosts, they welcomed us into their Villa and left us with memories we will never forget. They went above and beyond welcoming my kids, arranging trips to the waterfall, and waterslide, and touring us around town. They knew just when to make suggestions, and when to leave us to make our own plans. The pool has incredible views and the stars at night is something everyone should experience. The kiddos sobbed most of the flight back to Nadi as they just didn't want to leave. I can't wait to return to spend more time in the water and maybe even learning how to kite surf! Thank you everyone at Vacala Bay Resort for the incredible week and memories that will last a lifetime.
Amazing accomadation with spectacular views.
Paul & Helena at Vacala Bay resort are wonderful hosts, full of local knowledge that can accommodate wonderful island activities. Food provided was above expectations, a mix of western and local meals, they even catered for my vegetarian/ coeliac Husband & Daughter... Then my very very hungry 17yr old son! Taveuni is a beautiful Island to discover, locals are friendly and accomadating. We Sailed, Kited, Hiked, Slid & loved all those fresh water river swims.
Modern villa with Italian hospitality and paradise views
We had a pleasure to spend a week with Paul and his lovely spouse Helen in their modern villa on Taveuni island. Villa is build in elevated position and has complete privacy and fantastic views over the bay and remote islands. It is modern with ground to ceiling windows allowing you to observe the magical stary nights and early morning sunrises directly from your comfortable bed. It has good layout for 2 couples or family to stay with lot of designer touches everywhere around the house - bar and kitchen worktop with crushed pearl shells, infinity and plunge pool, outdoor bathroom with two showers and modern bath, etc. Owners took pride in decorating the house with lot of beautiful local flowers - which are considered weed in Fiji :-). In terms of hospitality Paul and Heli pride themselves and enjoy cooking for the guests and I still remember all the fantastic meals they prepared for us - most memorable was Italian lobster risotto prepared by Paul and selection of 6-7 amazing warm starters that Heli was able to prepare out of nowhere in 40 minutes when we went sailing one day. Place is ideally located to enjoy everything that Taveuni has to offer and it is also conveniently close to the airport (as there are only two prop planes coming to the island every day there is no noise on the island). There is plenty you can do on the island - explore the beautiful walks in Bauma Natinal park where you can go skinny dipping in the waterfall lakes, horseback riding into the Fijian mountains with locals, snorkelling in the marine park where locals do not go fishing anymore and you can see a lot of larger fish as well, close by is also a diving school regularly going to top 10 world class white coral diving spot, manta ray sanctuary is also only a short sail away (on catamaran that Paul owns as well), explore local villages or enjoy cava ceremony with some food cooked in the ground (Polynesian or Fijian style), trek to the top of mountain and get lost in a proper jungle where very very few people go and where you can see rain forest as it is supposed to be, slide down the the 200 meter long natural water slide... and also jump across the timeline so you can have today and yesterday (or tomorrow) in 10 minutes 30 times or more. And I also should not forget the main reason I personally come for - there is a world class shallow water kiting lagood just around the corner. Magical spot that I was able to have just for myself and Paul who is also IKO certified teacher. This is indeed very special and green place and very different from Fiji on Viti Levu - main island. It is set back and green place where you can enjoy true Fiji in comfort of modern hospitality. And yes there is a free WiFi in the villa as well ))).